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December 26, 2005

Hi everybody.

I see I got snarked about posting early. Too bad. I was still nice and fixed yer formatting problem, Bill. (hint - for something formatted like the poem, put in a hard break after the blockquote).

Thanks for all the nice notes, except that nitpicking folderol from Neffi. Geez, dude, you've never sent dated Christmas presents before? There's this thing called mail, dude - you do your thing, wrap it up, give it to the nice postman, and your soldier overseas gets their gift mebbe on time, or, *early*.

I went home and stayed unplugged for family reasons, so when I came back, I find that entropy had exerted itself in the family of a friend, in a way I fear entropy may work on my family soon.

And I see in my inbox that the war ignored the wish in my last post.

U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) News Release On the Web: http://defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20051225-12218.html Media Contact: Army Public Affairs - (703) 692-2000 Public contact: http://www.dod.mil/faq/comment.html or +1 (703) 428-0711

On the Web: http://defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20051225-12217.html
Media Contact: Army Public Affairs - (703) 692-2000 Public contact:
http://www.dod.mil/faq/comment.html
or +1 (703) 428-0711
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1324-05
December 25, 2005

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DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 23, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army Reserve's 351st Civil Affairs Command, Mountain View, Calif.
Killed were:
Sgt. Regina C. Reali, 25, of Fresno, Calif.
Spc. Cheyenne C. Willey, 36, of Fremont, Calif.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1325-05
December 25, 2005

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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Master Sgt. Joseph J. Andres, Jr., 34, of Seven Hills, Ohio, died in Balad, Iraq, on Dec. 24, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Baqubah, Iraq, when he was attacked by enemy forces during combat operations. Andres was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1326-05
December 25, 2005

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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Myla L. Maravillosa, 24, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, died in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Dec. 24, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Al Hawijah, Iraq, when her HMMWV was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades. Maravillosa was assigned to the Army Reserve's 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

In some places, for some families, it's still 1944.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance, In Memoriam.